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Celebrating Martin Luther King, Jr and Sundance Film Festival.

Black By God l The West Virginian

Celebrating Martin Luther King, Jr and Sundance Film Festival.

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Celebration

The Community Coalition for Social Justice hosted the 17th annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Day event on Jan. 16 in Morgantown. The theme of the virtual event was “Telling West Virginia’s Stories and Dreams.”

Read the story by Barb Howe

Three to Read

Step Afrika! Dance Company Bringing Step Show Back to WVSU

Step Afrika! Will returns on Thursday, Feb. 2, at 7 p.m. for a free performance as part of Black History Month. The dance company is dedicated to the art form of stepping, and integrates dance, song, storytelling, humor, and audience participation.

Read the Herald-Dispatch story

Under West Virginia Bills, Exposing Minors to Transgender People Could Be a Crime

The bills primarily target sexually explicit performances but would also ban schools from exposing students to any materials that include transgender people.

Read the NBC News story by Jo Yurcaba

Listening for Racial Understanding Project Bridges Divide Between Races

In 2021, 23 conversations between one white person and one person of color were facilitated by two coordinators.

Coordinators Eve Faulkes and Susan Eason of Morgantown put the conversations into a video series on YouTube. Then, 23 local artists listened to one conversation each and then made visual art to accompany the conversation.

The “Listening for Racial Understanding” exhibit is currently on display in the historic Kelly Miller Community Center located at 408 E. B. Saunders Way in downtown Clarksburg.

Read the Times WV story by Savanna Shriver

An Evening with Dr. William H. Turner

Join us on Monday, February 6 at 6:00 p.m. at the Jack Caffrey Arts & Cultural Center to learn from the incredible Dr. William (Bill) H. Turner, author of The Harlan Renaissance: Stories of Black Life in Appalachian Coal Towns.

Dr. Turner is the premier expert on the history, existence and influence of Black people in America’s Appalachian region.

Three on BBG

2023 West Virginia Citizens Guide To Online Advocacy

We know there is no real democracy when the public is not actively participating in the legislative process. That’s why we’re calling upon you, as West Virginians, to speak loudly through your online platforms to ensure your representatives still hear how their policy decisions will impact your life – now and in the future.

The internet is a powerful tool for connecting citizens to our government, especially given the nature of the global pandemic. We hope this guide will encourage you to reach out to your elected officials and demand virtual access to public meetings and more transparency.

Shifting the King Day Narrative

The voice and vision speaks to the agony of the age in the power of NOW!

One year before his assassination, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was asked in an interview by a NBC reporter “what about your Dream?”His response was “my Dream has become a nightmare.”

Read the column by Rev. Ron English

A Letter From The Tuesday Morning Group

West Virginia ARPA funds should be allocated based on percentages of the total number of people living in poverty.

Read the letter

Publisher’s Note

Crystal and Luella Brien of Four Points Media. Follow her:

Crystal hangs with some ‘King Coal’ artists, including Elaine McMillion Sheldon.

BBG made it all the way to Sundance Film Festival to support our Tiny News friend Luella Brien of Four Points Media.Brien is the central narrator as the crew follows her as a journalist in the Showtime docu series that raises awareness of the stories of missing and murdered Native American women: "Murder in Big Horn."

I was also there to support the world premier of "King Coal," a documentary film directed by West Virginian Elaine McMillion Sheldon that features your truly (for a second) and a host of BBG’s friends and writers like Shelem, Rusty Williams, Lady D, Doris Fields and so many more! "King Coal" is a who’s who of West Virginia creatives and activists in front of and behind the cameras. The film is a masterpiece! It’s breathtakingly beautiful and youl’ll  feel the past, present and future of Appalachia as Elaline narrates her cinematic  love letter to home. I cried from the beginning to end, and ironically it was the sound of Hoppy Kercheval, a familiar voice moving through a car radio on screen that set off my emotions. 

BBG will be sharing more information on the upcoming West Virginia screening of "King Coal."

My Sundance recommendations that are available via the Sundance on-line feature

"Murder in Big Horn" 

"Bad Press" 

"King Coal "

~ Crystal

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